When Donald Trump speaks, he sounds — unabashedly, unmistakably — like Donald Trump. But does he sound like a president?
And does sounding like a president even matter anymore?
Now that Trump’s 100th day in the White House is upon us, it’s worth pausing to consider the concept of a “presidential voice” — mainly because, as with so many of the traditions and trappings that have come to define the highest office in the land over the last 228 years, Trump seems to have dispensed with it entirely.
Some presidents strive for loftiness. (Think John F. Kennedy). Others speak more colloquially. (Harry Truman comes to mind.) But prior to Trump, you could pretty much put all of them on the same spectrum. They all tried, in their own way, to sound like presidents.
“There’s a transition that happens when someone is elected president,” says Jeff Shesol, a former speechwriter in the Clinton White...
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